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Building the new Cancer Centre



Construction work started on the £160 million Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital in February 2013.

The construction involved a number of specialist partners. Architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and specialist healthcare architect Stantec led the design of the new Centre. Arup provided integrated design engineering services. Main contractor Laing O’Rourke built the Cancer Centre and Essentia (Guy’s and St Thomas’ estates, facilities, and capital directorate) led the development.

Watch our time lapse film

Time lapse cameras positioned on site captured the progress of the construction.

  • Time-lapse video: Guy's Cancer Centre construction – the full story – video transcript

    This video has no audio. It is a time-lapse film showing the building of the Guy's Cancer Centre, starting with the breaking the ground ceremony in July 2013 through to completion at the handover ceremony in April 2016.


Our journey to a new Cancer Centre: milestones

We have been working towards our vision to provide the very best cancer services for our patients through a new Cancer Centre since 2010.

  • September 2016 – Cancer Centre opens

    The new Cancer Centre at Guy's welcomed its first patients in September 2016.
  • March 2015 – topping out ceremony

    Topping out ceremonyBreast cancer survivor Diana Crawshaw marked a major milestone in the construction of a new £160 million Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital when she carried out the official ‘topping out’ on Tuesday 10 March.

    Diana, from Sydenham in south east London, chairs the Patient Reference Group which has played a key role in shaping the new Cancer Centre which will bring together most treatment and research under one roof when it opens in 2016.

    Topping out ceremonyShe placed a yew tree branch into the roof of the 14-storey building at the ceremony which was attended by dignitaries including local MP Simon Hughes.

    Read the full story of the topping out ceremony.

  • May 2014 – laying the foundation stone

    Dr Maj Kazmi (Clinical Director, Cancer Services), Diana Crawshaw (patient representative) and architects Ivan Harbour and Richard RogersThe foundation stone ceremony saw the unveiling of a large glass window etched with a drawing based on the original design from the architectural competition.

    The window will be installed near the entrance when the Centre opens in 2016.

    Joining us at the unveiling was Richard Rogers who was on site to reveal the glass window and speak with staff about the progress on the new Cancer Centre. Watch Richard Rogers' speech before the unveiling.

    Jonathan Dimbleby, Richard Rogers and David DimblebyWe were also joined by David and Jonathan Dimbleby who helped launch the Guy's Cancer Centre Appeal.

  • December 2013 – piling work complete

    In July 2013 two piling rigs were delivered to the cancer centre site. These large machines spent the following five months boring over 400 piles into the ground, to make up the foundations to support the Cancer Centre. To make way for the piles the construction team had to remove 9900m³ of earth from the site.

  • July 2013 – breaking the ground

    Breast cancer survivor Diana Crawshaw and local MP Simon Hughes carried out the official 'breaking the ground' ceremony at the end of July to mark the start of the construction work phase. Diana chairs the Patient Reference Group which has played a key role in shaping the new Cancer Centre.

    Breast cancer survivor Diana Crawshaw and local MP Simon Hughes  Simon Gwynne, Ged Simmonds (LOR), Peter Hewitt (GSTT Charity), Sir Hugh Taylor, Diana Crawshaw, Steve McGuire, Simon Hughes MP, Sir Ron Kerr, Fran Woodard, Dr Majid Kazmi

  • April 2013 – demolition completed

    In preparation for the construction of the Cancer Centre two smaller buildings had to be demolished to clear the site. The demolition of Bloomfield Clinic and Newcomen Centre, along with the enabling works was completed ahead of schedule.

  • March 2013 – contract signing

    Sir Hugh Taylor and Sir Ron Kerr signing the contractsTo mark the partnership between Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Laing O’Rourke the contract was formally signed by Sir Ron Kerr, Chief Executive and Sir Hugh Taylor, our Chairman.

  • February 2013 – site handover ceremony

    The site was formally handed over to our contractors, Laing O’Rourke, in February 2013. They have control of the site over the next three years through to its completion. To mark this handover a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony was held bringing together members of the project team, Laing O’Rourke, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, patients who have been involved in the development of the Cancer Centre and key Trust staff and our partner organisations.

    Alastair Gourlay, Diana Crawshaw, Anna Torode, Prof Arnie Purushotham  Rory Maw, Diana Crawshaw, Sir Ron Kerr, Prof Arnie Purushotham, Oliver Smith (GSTT Charity)

  • January 2013 – full business case approved

    In January 2013, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’s Board of Directors signed off the Cancer Centre’s full business case. This marked a bold step forward for the Trust in its transformation of cancer services and the experiences of cancer patients. The Board approved the option to construct a new building to provide the majority of the outpatient cancer services.

  • November 2012 – thank you event

    Two years on from the approval of the outline business case saw the opportunity to bring together patients and staff to thank them for all their hard work in progressing the business case forward for final approval. This was also an opportunity to share with the team that planning permission had been granted a few days earlier.

    Representatives of the Patient Reference Group

  • November 2012 – planning approved

    Planning permission was granted by the Planning Committee of Southwark Council on Wednesday 6 November 2012.

    The planning permission came with conditions. This included the Council wanting to see the material to be used for cladding, as well as seeking assurances regarding the Roman Boat, a Scheduled Ancient Monument which is on the site of the Centre. We will continue to work with Southwark Council throughout the life cycle of this project.

    The recommendation at the Planning Committee stated "the design of the building is considered to be high quality that will result in a striking form, creating a new destination point and is considered to make a positive contribution to the skyline of London creating a local landmark building within Southwark."

  • November 2010 – outline business case approved

    Our vision to provide the very best cancer services for our patients became a reality when the outline business case was approved by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’s Board of Directors in November 2010. 




Award winning Cancer Centre at Guy’s

The Cancer Centre has won a number of major awards this year: